Since upgrading to Mountain Lion, my Mail.app has sprouted a Flagged folder for each of my Gmail/Google Apps accounts.

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I have no use for this and would like to disable or hide it - how can I do that?

To pre-empt some answers, no, this is not a folder that exists in either Gmail account, it's something that Mail.app has made up for itself, much like a Smart Folder.

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    The Flagged folder do sync against Gmail's "Starred" mails in any folder on your Gmail account. As long as you can see the mails that are starred, it will show up in the Flagged folder.
    – Hoshts
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 14:54
  • So if I hide the Starred folder from IMAP, they should disappear? Worth a try. Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 16:02
  • Nope, that didn't help. I do use flags/stars, but I do not want them to show up in that folder. Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 16:20
  • Just hiding the "Starred" folder wont help as Mail.app takes these mails from all folders on your Gmail account that are shared on the IMAP. So sadly it would take you to remove all folders from IMAP that contain any "Starred" mails. Pretty stupid yes.
    – Hoshts
    Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 11:06
  • @Hoshts thank you so much for this, it was driving me crazy with my work email couldn't figure it out.
    – covard
    Commented Jul 15, 2020 at 19:19

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Drove me crazy too, so I made a mailbundle to right this wrong ;-) Download it here: http://eelco.lempsink.nl/NoFlaggedMailbox.zip

Note: I’ll update the plugin every time when Mail.app breaks it for ‘compatibility’ reasons. Just download it again and run the INSTALL script again to update. (Might take me a couple of days though.)

  • Awesome! Sadly I can't get it to work. Mail seems to load it as far as I can tell (no error at least), but the dreaded Flagged folder stays. Any ideas? Commented Sep 29, 2012 at 14:00
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    Right, I forgot, you need to enable mailbundles by executing in Terminal.app: defaults write com.apple.mail EnableBundles -bool true
    – eelco
    Commented Sep 29, 2012 at 21:19
  • I've updated the .zip to include that instruction.
    – eelco
    Commented Sep 29, 2012 at 21:20
  • Okay, I've now included an 'installer' in the zip. Open it and everything will happen automatically ;)
    – eelco
    Commented Sep 29, 2012 at 22:55
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    Thanks dude! No more flagged mail :-D I love you :-)
    – user36705
    Commented Dec 15, 2012 at 15:58

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